L.A. Lakers Pursuing LeBron James And Carmelo Anthony For 2014

L.A. Lakers Pursuing LeBron James And Carmelo Anthony For 2014According to Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, the Lakers are hoping to make a run at Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James in free agency next offseason.

‘Max-level contracts’

Both Anthony and James have the option to terminate their contracts following the 2013-14 season to become free agents. It is unknown whether either or both players are considering doing so, but there is no question that they would be the two biggest prizes on the market.

Anthony and James would obviously be in line for max-level contracts, so the Lakers would probably have to do quite a bit of maneuvering to get deals done. According to Shelburne and Windhorst’s sources, there are conflicting opinions regarding whether the Lakers will have a realistic shot at landing either.

‘Pay cut’

James’ potential free agency has been a major topic of conversation since he has already won two titles and can afford to go wherever he wants. According to Shelburne andWindhorst, though, a league source believes that LeBron is far from reaching a decision. As for Carmelo, Shelburne and Windhorst are reporting that a termination of his contract is even more likely than James as he could then seek a four- or five-year deal.

Since Kobe Bryant is scheduled to make $30.5 million this year, he would almost certainly have to take a pay cut for the Lakers to haul in such a sizable bounty. Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles believes that Bryant would be a key figure in getting LeBron, Carmelo or both to sign in L.A., as he loved playing alongside them in the Olympics.

Do you think the Lakers will succeed in signing both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony for the 2014 offseason? And will Kobe Bryant take a pay cut?

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

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Ravens Trade Anquan Boldin To 49ers

Ravens Trade Anquan Boldin To 49ersAnquan Boldin was a big part of the Baltimore Ravens’ championship season in 2013, but they won’t be rewarding him for his efforts. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens have agreed to trade the veteran wideout to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

‘All about principles’

With salary-cap trouble looming, the Ravens were forced to make some tough decisions this offseason. Boldin was expected to restructure his contract and take a pay cut in order to remain with the team, but he was reportedly unwilling to do so. In an interview with USA Today, Boldin explained his reasoning behind rejecting a reduced salary:

When I signed with the Ravens, I signed for four years. With me, it’s all about principles. At no point, no matter how well I played, would I come back to the table and say, ‘I need more money.’ The contract that I signed was the contract that I intended to play out.

‘Unwilling to take a pay cut’

With the 10-year veteran unwilling to take a pay cut, trading him was the best way for Baltimore to erase his $6 million base salary in 2013, as ESPN’s John Clayton reports.

Boldin played well in the regular season (921 yards and four touchdowns), but it was his postseason play that really set the tone for the Ravens as they marched toward the ultimate prize in football. In the team’s four postseason contests, Boldin caught 22 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns, including a 104-yard, one-touchdown performance against the 49ers in the Super Bowl.

Just two months after that performance, Boldin will now join the team he helped defeat.

Was trading Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers a good move for the Baltimore Ravens?

Source: Justin Onslow, Bleacher Report

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